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In stark contrast to the many nerdy hobbies (don't even ask) that I pursued at different stages of my life, one unwavering passion was participating in sports. I always loved competition, even in sports where I was not especially talented. As a kid I played everything from 8th grade basketball to American Legion Baseball, and I enjoyed all intramural sports in college and graduate school (with a special affection for inner-tube water polo). I was an avid softball and racquetball player well into my 40s, and I ran 5K and 10K races until I was in my mid-50s. I was also a pretty good table tennis player.
At various times I coached junior high school & youth soccer as well as girls' softball, and I once pitched to a busload of tourists on the Field of Dreams baseball field in Iowa.
But wrestling is the sport that I loved the most. Not only was I a high school and college wrestler; I also coached college wrestling as a head coach or as an assistant coach for about thirty years.
Sadly, I have gotten too old to do these things anymore. I can still hike and fish and drink wine, so life is OK. Fortunately, I have not yet been diminished to the point of having to play golf. This web page serves as my electronic scrapbook for curating favorite wrestling memories and for reflecting on the important role that wrestling played in my life.
Click HERE to see highlights from my years of coaching wrestling at Knox College
Click HERE for memories of wrestling at King's College & Central Catholic H.S. (Kingston, PA)
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